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Maine Arts Commission and NEA's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Point Lookout Resort
Northport, ME
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Join the Maine Arts Commission at beautiful Point Lookout, on Maine's midcoast, as we welcome the public to a full evening of dining and entertainment celebrating the Commission's and the NEA's 50th anniversary years. Plus: the launch of MAC's new Cultural Plan, including two exciting give aways of $2,500 each to lucky attendees!

The highlight of the event will be a keynote speech from Bill Ivey, a folklorist and the former chairman of the NEA. The evening will include music and performances by Paul Sullivan, the Choral Arts Society's Camerata, and Vox Nova Chamber Choir; as well as exhibits by and about Maine artists and art.

Beginning with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., with music by the Paul Sullivan Trio and exhibits showcasing the capacity and vitality of Maine's arts communities, including Arts Education, the Traditional Arts, and Cultural Tourism, the evening includes a full dinner and champagne toast.

BILL IVEY served as the seventh Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 1998 through September 2001. Following years of controversy and significant reductions in NEA funding, Ivey's leadership is credited with restoring Congressional confidence in the work of the NEA. Ivey's Challenge America Initiative, launched in 1999, has garnered more than $15 million to date in new Congressional appropriations for the Arts Endowment. Ivey is the Founding Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, an arts policy research center. He also serves as Senior Consultant to Leadership Music, a professional development program serving Nashville's music community. His book, Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights, was published by the University of California Press in 2008. He is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Album Notes category), and is the author of numerous articles on US cultural policy, and on folk and popular music.

Maine's own Grammy Award winner PAUL SULLIVAN has enjoyed a richly varied and distinguished career as a composer and a pianist. As a soloist, with his trio, and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, he has played concert tours in most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica, and Japan. He has performed among the dunes of the Negev Desert, in Leonard Bernstein's living room, and on the stages of many of the world's finest concert halls. He has also performed with some legendary orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhardt, and several regional orchestras around the US. As a jazz player he has worked in some of New York's most prestigious clubs, including Sweet Basil, The Village Vanguard, and Bradley's. His 13 CDs have sold over 300,000 copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. He His music has been broadcast internationally, as well as on all the major American networks, including National Public Radio. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, Silver Solstice.

The Choral Arts Society's Camerata is a 17 voice ensemble specializing in a cappella music from the Renaissance through the 21st Century. Camerata's annual "Epiphany Celebration" has become a choral tradition for each holiday season. The ensemble also has performed Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Gian Carlo Menotti's The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore, the latter with the Portland Ballet Company.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir, founded in 2009 on the campus of Bowdoin College, features singers from Midcoast, Southern, Central and Northern Maine. A mixed choir of 32-38 voices, the ensemble seeks to champion the expansive body of modern and contemporary choral repertoire and to expose its audiences to distinct and incomparable performances of new music. "Vox Nova, under the direction of Shannon M. Chase, specializes in contemporary vocal music, one of the brighter stars in the classical music heavens."
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Thanks for trying to buy a ticket to MAC's 50th Anniversary celebration! While we have shut down online sales as we go to the event site, you may still be able to attend by coming to the door at Point Lookout on Thursday, November 5 no later than 4:30 p.m. Cash and check payments only accepted at the door. We hope to see you there! If you have questions regarding the event, please call 207-217-7364.


Point Lookout Resort (View)
67 Atlantic Highway
Northport, ME 04849
United States


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